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Why are minerals essential to take daily?
Do you know how many functions minerals have in the body? Many may be deficient because their diet isn’t the best.
Minerals are important to keep the body healthy in a different way than vitamins. They have essential functions such as keeping the heart pumping properly, necessary for the brain to function properly and to keep the bones and muscles strong. In addition, minerals work at the cellular level to help make hormones and enzymes.
There are macro minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium chloride and sulfur. The other group is trace minerals and are needed only in small amounts. They are zinc, copper, iron, manganese, selenium, iodine, cobalt and fluoride. Minerals are found in food, but many people do not eat a balanced diet and may lack certain ones necessary for health.
Minerals include electrolytes such as potassium, chloride and sodium, which are noteworthy along with calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. Of course fluid intake is also essential with electrolytes to keep the body hydrated. In addition, the electrolytes are key to maintaining electrical neutrality within cells. They are involved in helping to generate and conduct action potentials in muscles and nerves.
The immune system requires minerals to perform key functions for optimal functioning. Minerals play a role in different parts of the immune system, the innate and for the adaptive immune defense. A balanced diet can provide all of the necessary minerals, although many people are not consuming enough nutrients from foods to support immune health. There are some individuals at risk and need to be aware if they are consuming enough zinc, copper, magnesium, iron and selenium. The immune functions can be compromised with low levels of these nutrients.
What are fulvic minerals?
Fulvic acids are humic compounds and are also called fulvic minerals. They are by-products of organic degradation from microorganisms and are formed through biological reactions. They have a wide range of naturally occurring substances. They are found in compost, soil, humus, humic shale and shilajit. Humic compounds are a part of humus, found in peat, soil and coal. The fulvic minerals are found in plant substances called humic shale with a wide spectrum of minerals available. It is also found in particular upland streams, lakes and in the ocean. Shilajit is blackish color and contains around 20% fulvic acid. It also has been shown to hold small amounts of minerals and some metabolites from fungi.
Potential Functions of Fulvic minerals
It has been shown that fulvic minerals contain phytochemicals, antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids and various nutrients to support the immune system.
One study was performed with fulvic acid based food products. They investigated the quality of some fulvic acid products. The evaluation determined that different minerals were bioavailable. The investigators stated that the fulvic acid may provide a good source of antioxidant polyphenolic compounds and minerals.
It is suggested that fulvic minerals support heart and blood vessel health by reducing homocysteine levels.
Elevated homocysteine levels are associated with cardiovascular problems.
Fulvic minerals has been studied in a laboratory to determine its effects on homocysteine. In a laboratory setting, fulvic acid had a blocking effect on the homocysteine activity. Therefore, it was proposed that fulvic acid helps the body’s inflammatory response.
Regarding the microbiome, fulvic acid has been studied and shown to modulate the gut microflora in particular species.
It is thought that fulvic minerals strengthen the immune system and promote white blood cell activity. Also they have antioxidant properties helping to protect against free radicals and cellular damage.
It is believed by some researchers that they help with the brain and neurological functioning, which includes sensory and motor activity.
Let’s look at some of the individual plant based minerals of fulvic acid and several of their functions…………
Sulfur is one of the most abundant minerals in the body. It is believed to help the skin and skin related problems.
Silicon is another abundant mineral in the body and has been used traditionally to help the skin during the aging process, bones and other functions.
Strontium is a mineral, which is found in the bones in small amounts. It is actually a supplement for bone health in Europe.
Boron is a mineral found in food and supports the bones. There is actually human clinical studies performed showing how boron helps the bones.
Lithium is a mineral that has been positioned for the brain, healthy aging and physical health.
Cobalt is a part of vitamin B12 helping in the production of red blood cells. Small amounts are necessary for health.
Vanadium is a trace mineral and is present in a variety of foods. It is believed that it is helpful for the bones and blood sugar in small amounts.
Iodine is an essential mineral for the body. It is critically important for thyroid function. The thyroid is involved in regulating basal metabolic rate and hormone production.
Cerium can be found in a number of food items such as black-eyed peas, cucumber, spinach, and orange bell pepper. Investigators have said that since it is in different foods, it makes cerium a potential biomarker for the consumption of these food products. Cerium can also be found in the body, primarily in blood, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), saliva, and urine.
Indium is a mineral that is not required for health. Although, it is used for immune function, energy and to support the immune system, although there is no research to support its use.
In summary, minerals like vitamins are important for the body and some individuals may be lacking them in their diet. Minerals have a variety of important functions, including acting as electrolytes to keep and maintain electrical neutrality within cells. One source of minerals is fulvic acids, which are also called fulvic minerals. They are by-products from the organic degradation of microorganisms, which are formed through biological reactions. They are found in sources such as soil, humus, humic shale and shilajit. They have been used traditionally for many years for health benefits.
If you have a health condition and or take medication, it’s always best to check with your healthcare provider prior to taking any supplements.
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